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  • Claudia.Cahalane | 06 Dec 2018
    From Apple's 3,500 hours creating an algorithm for calories burned by wheelchair users for the Apple Watch 3.0, to an update on Live Captioning on Google Hangouts and the pain of audio decribing Channel 4's Goggle Box, here's the most fascinating stuff we learned at the UK's fast growing accessible...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 29 Nov 2018
    Thanks to an Indiegogo crowdfund, the WeWALK smart cane designed for blind and visually impaired people is now in production. So far 1,500 customers in the UK, US and Turkey have ordered the invention. As one of the innovations taking part in AbilityNet's sold out TechShare Pro event in London...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 28 Nov 2018
    Ahead of the Accessibility Champions professional practice workshop at TechShare Pro, London, Emma Pratt-Richens, senior accessibility specialist at the BBC talks to AbilityNet about how the BBC is growing its network of accessibility champions.
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 05 Nov 2018
    Jennifer Harley is the University of Law’s teacher of the year 2018. As the University’s disability support service manager, she is responsible for ensuring that the students needing additional help feel welcome and supported at the university’s campuses. Here she shares some best practice on...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 24 Oct 2018
    How can disabled students get the right help from their university and how do they know if their uni is inclusive. Ian Carter, manager of student services at Brighton University, home to 24,000 students, has helped us put together some advice. He is vice chair of the NADP - the professional...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 05 Oct 2018
    AbilityNet’s accessibility and disability consultant Raphael Clegg-Vinell challenged delegates at the London Chapter of World Interaction Design Day last month to think about inclusive design, not just accessibility. Often apps and websites - even those run by large companies - do not adhere to...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 01 Oct 2018
    From moving modules online, to offering pre-term familiarisation stays with students on the autism spectrum, to enabling students with anxiety to do recorded presentations, Ian Carter, a student services manager at Brighton Unversity shares his knowledge and experience on what makes an inclusive...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 23 Aug 2018
    Every year AbilityNet gives a Tech4Good Special Award to someone truly inspirational who captures the spirit of Tech4Good. This year, the award has been given to social media phenomenon 17-year-old Lewis Hine from Portsmouth. Three years ago he set up Friend Finder Official to help reduce isolation...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 03 Aug 2018
    An award-winning app that is transforming the lives of blind and visually impaired people across the planet is set to boost customer services in the public and private sector. Be My Eyes is used by almost 100,000 blind people in 150 countries around the world – connecting them with a network of 1.5...
  • Claudia.Cahalane | 05 Jul 2018
    Tech4Good Accessibility Award finalist waytoB, founded by two students, has integrated a smartphone and smartwatch platform to help people with a learning disability navigate their environment more independently.